Statistics » Pie chart

What is a pie chart?

A pie chart is a schematic representation of data within a circle.

Below you can see an example.
Example pie chart

The different parts are called sectors.
The sector 'walk' is light blue.
This sector has a sector angle of 20 : 100 × 360° = 72°.

How do you draw a pie chart?

You first have to calculate the size of the angles.
You can calculate the size of the sector angles by using ratio tables or with the formula sector angle = number : total × 360°

Example

A number of pupils is asked what their favorite pet is.
The results are in the table below.

Cats74
Dogs   34
Birds20
Fish15
Other7

Draw a pie chart for this data.

First we need to know how many pupils have been asked.
74 + 34 + 20 + 15 + 7 = 150 pupils.

Now we can calculate the sector angles.

With a ratio table:

number of pupils1501743420157
angle in degrees3602.4177.681.6483616.8

Or with the formula:

74 : 150 × 360° = 177.6°
34 : 150 × 360° = 81.6°
20 : 150 × 360° = 48°
15 : 150 × 360° = 36°
7 : 150 × 360° = 16.8°

Now you can draw the pie chart.

Pie chart with this data

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